Fine Art   |   February 1, 2020   |   twentytwo

February Birthstone – Amethyst


February Birthstone – Amethyst

Once considered a cure for drunkenness, the February birthstone is bright, vibrant and decadent. Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz, coloured by traces of iron within its crystal structure. This regal gemstone is associated with February birthdays, and makes a wonderful gift for a loved one’s special day.

Amethyst is associated with February in the Gregorian birthstone calendar. Here in a poem featured in a Tiffany & Co. publication, the verse reads:

The February-born shall find Sincerity and peace of mind, Freedom from passion and from care, If they an amethyst will wear.”

Another association between the birthstone and the month of February is the myth that St. Valentine, the patron of romantic love, was said to wear an amethyst ring carved with the image of cupid. As such, amethyst jewellery is also a wonderful and meaningful gesture for the special person in your life on Valentine’s day.

Amethysts are the perfect gemstone to light up a party! The association between this special quartz variety and merriment stems back to Greek times. The name amethyst derives from the Greek for ‘against intoxication,’ and the gemstone was thought to prevent drunkenness. It is likely that the rich purple of the stone was compared to the shades of red wine, and some have even thought that if water were poured into an amethyst vessel, it would appear the colour of wine and so could be drunk without consequence!

Our next Boutique sale features a wealth of stunning amethyst jewellery, including rings, pendants, earrings and brooches. What better chance than to add this wonderful gemstone to your jewellery collection!


Lot 60: A mid Victorian amethyst and diamond brooch

The old and rose cut diamond star cluster inset to the oval shape amethyst, within an openwork surround, estimated old cut diamond weight 0.10ct, length 5.9cm, weight approx. 24.2g. £350-450

Lot 83: An amethyst and diamond brooch

The rectangular shape amethyst with graduated circular cut diamond partial surround, estimated total diamond weight 1.10ct, length 3.6cm, weight approx. 12.1g. £300-400

Lot 125: An early 20th century amethyst and diamond brooch

Of geometric design, the kite shape amethyst within a rose cut diamond and circular shape amethyst openwork surround, AF, length 2.9cm, weight approx. 5.7g. £200-300

Lot 164: An amethyst dress ring

The rectangular shape amethyst within a four claw setting, stamped 18ct, approx. dimensions of amethyst 21.4 x 16.9 x 9.8mm, ring size K, weight approx. 9.4g. £150-200

Lot 250: A mid Victorian amethyst and diamond suite of jewellery

Comprising a cross pendant, designed as an old cut diamond with rectangular shape amethyst arms and old cut diamond trefoil terminals, together with a pair of amethyst and diamond earrings, designed as an oval shape amethyst and rose cut diamond cluster suspending an amethyst briolette drop with vari cut diamond cap, estimated total old cut diamond weight 2.25ct, principal diamond weight approx. 0.95ct, estimated colour K-L, estimated clarity SI, length of pendant 6.3cm, length of earrings 3.7cm, in fitted case, total weight approx. 27.3g. £600-800

Our Spring Boutique Sale is taking place on Saturday 23rd March, entries for the sale are invited until Friday 1st March. For further information about the Boutique sale, contact Liz Bailey on 01565 653 284 or email [email protected]


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